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Preview: Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Bryan Lee
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $4.99

King Grimlock rampages on! Confronted by the ghoulish host of the Red Wizard’s Army, Grimlock leads a band of villagers into a war against their ruler. But all is not what it seems near the Red Wizard’s compound. Will Grimlock lead them to freedom… or destruction?!

Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: King Grimlock #2 (of 5)

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 (of 5)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Alex Horley
In Shops: Sep 01, 2021
SRP: $4.99

King Grimlock rampages on! As Grimlock sets off to find his place in this strange new world of men, beasts, and magic, he finds himself in the maw of a beast big enough to swallow a Dinobot! It’s a fight of incredible strength between the Cybertronian T-Rex and the monster–and someone is taking lessons from Grimlock that may spell his doom!

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 (of 5)

Review: Transformers: King Grimlock #2

Transformers: King Grimlock #2

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 continues the Transformer lost in a world of fantasy concept with an issue that features a lot of good and some very frustrating aspects. In the issue, Grimlock sets off to find his place in this strange new world but finds himself in the maw of a beast big enough to swallow a Dinobot!

Steve Orlando has set up an interesting second issue that focuses in on Grimlock having to make decisions as to what he stands for. We get a sense by the end of where his lines are and it leaves us with a frustrating protagonist. We can guess by the end he’ll have learned some solid lessons but we’re at a point where you just want to slap the character.

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 does a solid job of continuing to set up the world as Grimlock must face multiple obstacles in his journey. Giant creatures able to swallow him. Wood robots to battle. The fantasy setting still works even though at its center is a giant robot that can transform into a dinosaur.

It helps that Orlando keeps the focus on the characters. You get the frustration as Arko must deal with Grimlock. This is a person who has been summoned to save a people and he’s not just rejecting the role but showing a very self-centered aspect to it all. It makes for an interesting, but frustrating, time.

What’s really frustrating about the comic is the art by Agustin Padilla. It might be the fact I read it on a tablet but there’s numerous moments I can’t tell what’s going on. The panels are too close to the action and the storytelling would have been helped by pulling back a bit to give a better view as to what’s going on. But, Padilla’s art is solid when it’s clear. Joined by Jeremy Colwell on color and Jake M. Wood on lettering the characters and world really pop and look great. There’s just a few too many panels and sequences that are hard to make out exactly what’s going on.

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 continues an interesting series. This is one that’ll be really judged when all five issues wrap up but so far it’s teasing some interesting things to come. With a nice focus on Grimlock and adding in some interesting back and forth with Arko, the issue delivers a sword and sorcery concept with a main character that’s a little different than expected.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Agustin Padilla
Color: Jeremy Colwell Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Transformers: King Grimlock #1 (of 5)

Transformers: King Grimlock #1 (of 5)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Cary Nord
In Shops: Aug 04, 2021
SRP: $4.99

KING GRIMLOCK BEGINS! Grimlock, the beloved powerhouse T-rex with an attitude and one of the strongest Cybertronians in existence, finds himself magically transported to a world of fantastical beasts and strange powers! In this savage world, where the strong rule with sword and iron, Grimlock finds a new opportunity to prove he’s the strongest there is… but as Grimlock and the human barbarian, Arko, will learn, sometimes brute strength isn’t enough.

Written by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Justice League of America) with art by Agustin Padilla (Dungeons & Dragons, Suicide Squad), King Grimlock features the iconic Transformers character in a solo adventure through a world of swords-and-sorcery unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

King Grimlock Reigns in August and Shattered Glass Begins

IDW Publishing’s line of Transformers comic books will rule the summer… so proclaims King Grimlock! Debuting in August, two new miniseries, Transformers: King Grimlock and Transformers: Shattered Glass, will thrill lifelong Transformers fans and newcomers to the franchise. Additionally, new story arcs will appear in IDW’s monthly series Transformers and Transformers: Beast Wars.

Transformers: King Grimlock

Written by Steve Orlando with art by Agustin Padilla and colors by Jeremy ColwellKing Grimlock is a five-issue miniseries that casts one of the most iconic Transformers characters into a world of fantastical beasts and magical powers!

In a savage world where the strong rule with sword and iron, the Dinobot Grimlock finds a new opportunity to prove he’s the strongest there is… but as Grimlock and the human barbarian Arko will learn, sometimes brute strength isn’t enough.

Cary Nord, the Eisner Award-winning artist of Conan the Barbarian, provides the perfect cover artwork to fit Transformers: King Grimlock’s high fantasy theme, illustrating issue #1’s Cover A. Additional cover variants will be available for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover B by series artist Agustin Padilla, and a Retailer Incentive Edition featuring art by Mateus Santolouco.

Transformers: Shattered Glass

Everything you thought you knew about Cybertronian lore will be turned inside out with Transformers: Shattered Glass, an all-new five-issue miniseries written by Danny Lore, illustrated by fan-favorite Transformers artists Guido Guidi, and Dan Khanna, and colored by John-Paul Bove.

In a parallel universe, a war raged across the cosmos from Cybertron to Earth… a war between Decepticon laborers-turned-freedom fighters and the power-hungry Autobot autocrats. Many kilocycles after the blue planet was devastated and the Decepticons were brought to heel, the evil Autobot bodyscrapper named Blurr hunts a new bounty… one who holds a piece of information that could reignite the war!

Three cover variants will be available from comic shops for Transformers: Shattered Glass #1: Cover A by Alex Milne, Cover B by series artist Dan Khanna, and a Retailer Incentive Edition by Sara Pitre-Durocher.

Transformers: Shattered Glass

Transformers #34, by writer Brian Ruckley and artist Anna Malkova, kicks off the new “Sea of Rust” storyline in IDW’s critically acclaimed comics continuity of Cybertron in its earliest days of war! Megatron has learned that his former mentor, Termagax, holds a key artifact that could tip the scales of the war firmly in the Decepticons’ favor, eliminating the Autobots once and for all. The first order of business, however, is running Termagax down! Issue #34 features Cover A by Winston Chan, Cover B by Susan Margevich, and a Retailer Incentive Cover by Andrew Griffith.

Transformers: Beast Wars #7, by writer Erik Burnham and artist Winston Chan, launches a new story arc entitled “Pod.” Regrouping after their first explosive battle, the Maximals and Predacons are alerted to the descent of a new protoform pod… and its sole inhabitant, Blackarachnia! Whose side will this mysterious newcomer take? Issue #7 features Cover A by Fico Ossio, Cover B by Ed Pirrie, and a Retailer Incentive Cover by Gavin Guidry.

Preview: Gears of War: Hivebusters

Gears of War: Hivebusters

(A) Wagner Reis, Martin Coccolo, Agustin Padilla (CA) Alan Quah
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $17.99

From Gears 5’s brand new Escape mode, follow a whole new squad of soldiers with nothing to lose on a pulse-pounding mission, and dive deep into their story for the first time ever.

After successfully busting a Swarm hive on the remote island of Pahanu, Mac, Lahni, and Keegan will face their most dangerous task yet – and Mac will have to confront his past head-on. The only way they’ll survive this suicide mission is through sheer grit and a perfect balance of teamwork.

Set on the fictional plant of Sera, the Gears of War series charts the story of humanity’s struggle against an army of monstrous, fearsome, and brutal adversaries through a captivating tale of hope, comradery, and survival.

Gears of War: Hivebusters

Predator: Hunters II this August and Predator: Essentials this December

Following the success of Dark Horse’s latest Predator miniseries, Predator: Hunters and the excitement for September’s upcoming The Predator film release, the publisher will release of not one, but two Predator projects later this year!

For fans craving new bloody action, writer and Senior Dark Horse Editor Chris Warner (the artist from the original Predator comics from 1989) returns to team up with artist Agustin Padilla for a blood-drenched adventure in Predator: Hunters II! Since the beginning of time, Predators have come to Earth from their home among the stars to stalk and kill the strongest of humans for sport. But now the tables have turned, and a group of human hunters has set their sights on the Predators. But they soon find out they are competing with a mysterious government agency that is after the same prey. The hunt is on, and only the strongest and smartest will survive!

And for those who crave the blood-soaked nostalgia of Dark Horse Comics nearly 30 year run of Predator, we proudly announce Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB! Before the 1990’s film Predator 2, Dark Horse released a full-color comics sequel to one of the greatest action films of all time written by Mark Verheiden and illustrated by comics mainstays Chris Warner and Ron Randall. This was to become just the beginning of an ongoing line of many Predator tales. Collecting Predator: Concrete Jungle, Predator: Cold War,and Predator: Dark River, Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB is a value package for those who value action.

Predator: Hunters II #1 goes on sale August 08, 2018Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB goes on sale December 12, 2018. The 368-page paperback volume is value priced at $24.99.

Preview: Suicide Squad #25

Suicide Squad #25

(W) Rob Williams (A) Giuseppe Cafaro, Agustin Padilla (CA) Juan Ferreyra
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” finale! Inspired by Amanda Waller’s twisted vision of control, international Suicide Squads descend upon metahuman populations around the world. The People’s astonishing endgame is finally laid bare, prompting Harley Quinn to take an unbelievable action to save the world from the Suicide Squad’s own dark imitators. Don’t miss this oversize anniversary issue!

Exclusive Preview: Suicide Squad #24

Suicide Squad #24

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Agustin Padilla
Cover by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by: Whilce Portacio
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 23, 2017

“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” part four! This is it! The moment SUICIDE SQUAD has been building to since the start of Rebirth! International Suicide Squads descend upon metahuman populations around the world at Amanda Waller’s command! As the People’s astonishing endgame is laid bare, only the original Task Force X’s most dysfunctional members are left to save the world from their own dark imitators.

Preview: Suicide Squad #23

Suicide Squad #23

(W) Rob Williams (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” part three! Amanda Waller’s gone off the reservation! She’s ordered Task Force X to go full-on super-villain and take down the Justice League! No, not that one – they tried that before! This time she wants Batman’s new Justice League of America driven before her – dead or alive – and the Suicide Squad is happy to oblige.

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